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Huawei Honor V8 with QHD display now official

Huawei Honor V8 with QHD display now official
Huawei Honor V8 with QHD display now official
The 5.7-inch smartphone will be Huawei's first model with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Other features include dual rear cameras and an octa-core Kirin 950 SoC for a starting price of about 300 Euros.

The Honor V8 is now official for a launch in China this coming May 17th. Most of the rumors leading up to the announcement have proven to be true including the predictions that the V8 would be Huawei's first QHD smartphone and that multiple SKUs would be made available.

The smartphone will launch in three variants: The first with a FHD display, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB eMMC for 2300 Yuan (310 Euros), the second with a FHD display, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, and NFC for 2500 Yuan (340 Euros), and the third with all of the above but with a QHD display for 2800 Yuan (380 Euros).

Otherwise, all three models will carry the same core specifications as listed:

  • 5.7-inch IPS display with 2.5D glass
  • Kirin 950 (2.3 GHz 4 x A-72 + 1.8 GHz 4 x A-53) Processor with Mali T880-MP4 GPU
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
  • Rear camera: 12MP Dual Cam with Dual-Tone LED Flash, Laser Autofocus, F/2.2 aperture
  • Camera modes: Super Night, Professional, 360-degree, Time-Lapse, Light-Painting, etc.
  • Front camera: 8MP F/2.4 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Honor Smartkey (assignable button)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 4, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41) 
  • Dual Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 
  • Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm earphone
  • Dimensions: 157 × 77.6 × 7.75 mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Colors: Champagne Gold, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold, Platinum Gold Light 
  • Battery: 3500 mAh with Fast Charging
  • Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1

Unlike on the pricier Huawei P9, the dual rear cameras on the Honor V8 are notably not from Leica. Thus, it remains to be seen how well its 3D and 360-degree features will perform. Additionally, its listed LTE bands are not suited for most European users and SKUs for oversea markets have not been detailed. In comparison, the Huawei P9 is compatible with 18 LTE bands for better worldwide compatibility.

The Honor V8 will also receive VR support, which should pair well with its high native resolution screen. The manufacturer will be making available an inexpensive cardboard headset not unlike the one for the OneTouch Idol 4S. It's also presumed that the V8 will be compatible with the Huawei VR headset.


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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-13 (Update: 2016-05-13)